LECANTO — After a 94-yard kickoff return to start the game, Central never scored again. Lecanto, on the other hand, took the ball to the end zone five times in the first half, winning 35-6 at home Friday night.
The game got off to a quick start with a Central touchdown by Quadavis Battle in the first few seconds, but Lecanto responded just as quickly, blocking Central's extra point attempt and taking the lead in six plays and just under four minutes.
The Panthers (2-1) scored again three minutes later with a 68-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Scott Stearns, for whom the Bears seemed to have no answer. Before the end of the first quarter, Lecanto scored again with a 10-yard rush by Nile Waters.
The Bears (0-4) stopped Lecanto in the red zone twice in the second half, but failed to mount a successful drive.
"I don't care what the scoreboard says, we won the second half in my book," Central coach Mike Einspahr told his team after the game.